There have been some seemingly petty decisions have shaped the overall path of my social life. Well I guess the only real decision was what extra curricular I chose to participate in when I started high school. When I was in eighth grade (the good old Henry Puffer), I was involved in volley ball, cheerleading (and co-ed cheerleading), concert band, and yearbook staff.
Then came high school. My close friend Stephanie wanted me to try out for the volley ball team, but I gave up on trying to get a good overhand serve pretty quickly. I didn’t really care about year book staff, and I was quite the under-achiever in high school, so that extra curricular also faded away.
I was left with the decision, should I try out for the cheerleading team with my neighbor, Kelly, or should I become a band geek. I’m a moderately impressionable person, so when my sister insisted that all cheerleaders were sluts and that the color guard was stupid, I took it to heart. I didn’t want to be a slut! And I certainly didn’t want to be stupid. So I became a marching clarinet of the Trojan Band from DGN.
In the first couple weeks of school, a new friend of mine convinced me to go check out all the new clubs. I remember sitting in the auditorium when Mr. Waite and CSD99 (the TV club essentially) presented. Hey, I could make movies, I could be on TV. That could be fun. After going to the first meeting, I sealed my fate. In the beginning, I was one of 2 girls in a group of nerdy guys.
I often think about how different my life would be if I had not listened to my sister before high school. When I reminisce about high school, I think about hiding skittles in our marching band uniforms, getting drunk for the first time in a hotel room in New
York Jersey, smashing a pie in a guy’s face on video, broadcasting Lobster Patrol with Dre from studio B, the list goes on. I think about the fact that being in band has given me life long friends, friends I can’t imagine not having.
If given the chance, I wouldn’t change the decisions I made in those early high school days. I don’t really mind being a dork anyways.